On LightInTheBox we are happy to cater to any body type! By offering made-to-order custom-sizing he hope to give every woman a dress perfect for her! But in order to get the most flattering silhouette or shape for your body type, following some simple rules and trying on dresses in shops to understand what truly looks best for your figure. Remember all those dream dresses you have been looking at in magazines and on Pinterest might be a fantasy for your body type. Take a caring and honest friend with you to help you see with clear eyes the best shape for you, you really will thank her on your wedding day. LightInTheBox also has a shopping guide to help buying by body shape, and desired silhouette – making shopping for your dream dress that much more easy!
Petite, plus or average size, you’ve got a full bust.
Dos: Accentuate the positive with an uplifting foundation garment, like a good bra, or a corset. Or minimize your curves by balancing your top with a full skirt. Classic V-neck wraps and halter styles draw the eye downward for a slimming effect. A-line styles, full skirts and details at the hem help balance out the bottom half.
Don’ts: Be careful that your dress isn’t too revealing — you want the focus to be on your face. And don’t forget to move around in your gown during fittings to make sure everything stays in place.
Broad or Inverted Triangle
You’re built like a swimmer, with wide-set shoulders.
Dress dos: Highlight your toned shoulders with a halter neckline, or go for drama in a gown with long sleeves worn off the shoulder. Select a dress with a bodice that highlights your waistline to offset your shoulders and create an hourglass shape. Sheath, Empire, Ball Gown, A-Line silhouette’s are best for your figure!
Dress don’ts: Trying to conceal your shoulders is not recommended, as it sometimes produces the opposite effect. Stay away from cap sleeves, which can add width to the shoulder area.
Though small on top, you round off toward the bottom.
Dos: A dropped-waist style or a strapless ball gown will cover your bottom half and put more emphasis on the top. An off-the-shoulder neckline will keep the attention on your upper body, and an A-line gown is always a flattering choice. Empire styled wedding dresses, A- Line styled bridal gowns and Ball Gown styled wedding gowns are all three very good candidates for wedding dresses that will enhance your physique. Wedding dress necklines that should look very good on your pear shaped body type are strapless necklines in a wedding dress and halter necklines with a circular collar.
Don’ts: A sheath can be unflattering, and a V-neck will draw the eyes downward.
Full-Figured or Hour-Glass
You’re voluptuous, with a well-endowed bust and curvy hips.
Dos: Try a mermaid- or trumpet-style gown, which will have a slimming effect. A high-waisted A-line dress with a low neckline also complements curves. Wraps, knit dresses and classic sheaths with fitted waists enhance your classically feminine form. The Styles that will flatter your figure include: A-Line, Ball Gown, Dropped Waistline, and Mermaid. You will look your best when you wear the following necklines: One-Shoulder, Strapless, Scoop.
Don’ts: A slim sheath or slinky bias cut will cling and may accent any extra inches; also avoid spaghetti straps because they won’t provide the support you need.
Boxy or Rectangle
Short or tall, you have a boyish waistline.
Dos: Empire-waist gowns are made with your figure in mind. And a ball gown with a basque waistline, which is a V-shaped dip in the front, will give your waist a nipped-in look for more shape. Create the illusion of curves by drawing attention upwards (strapless, v-neck, one shoulder) or towards the hem (Mermaid). A beaded detail or colored sash around the natural waistline will create definition.
Don’ts: Steer clear of sheaths and dropped-waist styles, which will make you appear boxier.
Large frame where your bottom and hips are full as well as your torso and you have little waist definition then you qualify as having an apple shape.
Dos: Empire waists draw the eye up, taking attention away from the middle and allowing a looser fit. Neck details also bring the focus up, while full skirts and A-line shifts create an hourglass illusion. A gathered waist-line will automatically make your tummy look more toned.
Don’ts: Avoid Off-the-Shoulder and high necklines.
Dos: The key word here is elongation. It’s best to keep it simple. A column-like sheath or an A-line dress works best: These will keep the eye moving and create the illusion of height. Natural waist is best, empire and dropped waists tend to ruin petite proportions. Sheath is sexy and elongating, but if you prefer traditional shapes A-Line or princess silhouette over a modest ballgown. General rule, avoid too many details beading, appliques and sequins should be minimal because they can easily overwhelm a small frame.
Don’ts: Almost all silhouettes will flatter your figure, though a big ball gown or a dress with lots of voluminous fabric may look overwhelming on your small frame.
You’re five foot ten or taller.
Dos: Taller women look great in everything from sheaths to A-line styles and full ball gowns. A long veil is great for you because you can carry it off.
Don’ts: Skip gowns with high necklines because they’ll draw the eye upward and create more length. And avoid updos and headpieces that add too much extra height.
Short or tall, you’re not a fleshy woman.
Dress dos: Bateau necklines and sleeveless gowns are flattering options for you. A ball gown is a very feminine shape that will balance out your overall silhouette and visually create curves. Try one with a dramatic cutout back.
Dress don’ts: If you’re concerned your collarbone is too bony, stay away from portrait, off-the-shoulder or halter necklines. And if you’re flat-chested, avoid a bodice with pre-designed cups.